TAMPA, FL – Michael Dubb’s World of Trouble gave his competition exactly that, dominating with ease from start to finish in Saturday’s $125,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Off alertly under Antonio Gallardo, World of Trouble quickly took command and posted fractions of :22.51 and :44.91. Hitting the top of the stretch already with a 6-length lead, the Jason Servis-trained colt kept finding more power, drawing off under a hand ride to win by 14 lengths in a final time of 1:21.52 – just .12 seconds off of the stakes and track record for a 7-furlong sprint.
“I saw the replay of his last race at Gulfstream, and he tried hard that day, but today was amazing,” Gallardo said. “He did everything I wanted him to do, and when it was time to go, I asked him a little bit, and he exploded. He did it in 1:21, but he wasn’t giving me everything. I think he had something left inside.”
While never a threat to the winner, He Hate Me proved second-best, finishing 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Mind Trappe. Fourth went to Driven by History, with Awaken, Trenton Traveler, Arazi Like Move, and Twin Farms completing the order of finish. His Name Is Sue and Lord Barna were scratched.
A private purchase for Dubb after winning on debut last August, World of Trouble’s win improved his budding record to 3-2-1-0 with $149,800 in earnings. The son of Kantharos could make his next start on the Kentucky Derby Trail after this performance.
“Sometimes a horse just needs to run, and he looks like something special,” Servis said. “My phone has been inundated the last few minutes, everyone saying it was an incredible performance, and I’m pretty excited right now. I have to get the horse back and talk to Mr. Dubb about what’s next, but the way he handled the track makes you think you want to come back there” (to Tampa Bay Downs for either the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis or the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby).
World of Trouble returned $3.80 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.20 to show. He Hate Me brought back $3 to place and $2.40 to show, while Mind Trappe paid $4.60 to show.